Russell Simmons' 'All Def Comedy' Is Coming to TV

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Entrepreneur Russell Simmons attends the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Russell Simmons' 'All Def Comedy' Is Coming to TV

See who is set to host the highly anticipated series.

Published July 29, 2017

Fans of the popular '90s HBO series Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam are in for a treat as it has been confirmed that the entrepreneur is returning to the network later this year for a fully revamped version of the show called All Def Comedy.

According to, the six-show season will kick off in December and will be hosted by respected comedian Tony Rock.

Prior to the premiere, the show will be taped before a live studio audience on October 10 and 11 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and will feature stand-up performances highlighting on-the-rise comedians who will be discovered at All Def Digital's live weekly comedy showcase and special. Comics will also be found at All Def Digital's online video platform, and Def Comedy veterans will also reportedly make an appearance.

Speaking on the new venture, Simmons expressed his gratitiude to HBO for giving him the opportunity to reintroduce this classic program to the masses.

"I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy," he said. "I'm thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere."

All Def Comedy will be executive produced by Simmons and Stan Lathan and will be available across all HBO platforms (HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand, etc.)

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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